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(During his ministry of forty-five years, it is estimated that he traveled 270,000 
>iles, or more than ten times the circumference of the globe, and mostly on horse- 
lack; crossed the Alleghany Mountains sixty-two times; preached 16,000 times; 
it in 224 Annual Conferences; and ordained 4,000 preachers.) 


H. H. SMITH (Virginia Conference), Alberta, Va. 

rice 10 cents. 


1703. — John Wesley born at Epworth, England. 

1707. — Charles Wesley born at Epworth, 

1714. — George Whitefield born at Gloucester, 

1735. — John Wesley, his brother Charles, and 
others, come to America as mission- 
aries to the Indians in the State of 

1739. — Wesley and Whitefield, excluded from 
some pulpits of the Church of England, 
begin field" preaching. Sometimes 
they preached to crowds of from 
10,000 to 20,000 persons. In these 
services they were often Interrupted 
and persecuted by mobs, yet thousands 
of souls were converted. 

1739. — This marks the date of the first or- 
ganized form of Methodism, "The 
United Society." 

1739. — The first Methodist chapel in the 
world built at Bristol, England. 

1740. — The first Methodist chapel in London, 
the "Foundry," opened for worship. 

1741. — Lay preachers are first employed. 
Cennick, Maxfield, Humphreys, and 
others were among the first. 

1742. — John Wesley, being refused the pulpit 
at Epworth, preached in the church- 
yard, standing on his father's tomb. 

1742. — The first Methodist circuit is formed, 
and the appointments are filled by 
John Wesley. 

1742. — Class meetings are first held. 

1743. — The "General Rules" are adopted and 

1744. — The first Methodist Conference held 
in London at the "Foundry." Besides 
the two Wesleys, there were present 
four other clergymen and four lay 

1760. — Philip Embury arrives in New York 
from Ireland. 

1764? — Robert Strawbrldge (according to 
Bishop Asbury), built the first Metho- 
dist church in America, on Sam's 
Creek, In Frederick (now Carroll) 
county. Md. 

1766. — Philip Embury began to preach in New 
York city. 

1767. — Captain Thos. Webb established Meth- 
odism in Philadelphia. 

1768. — John Street church. New York city, 
built. It is the oldest Methodist 
church in the North. 

1768. — Robert Williams planted Methodism 
in Virginia. 

1769. — Hannah Ball, a young Methodist, es- 
tablished a Sunday School at Wycombe, 
England. (This was 10 or 12 years 
before Robert Raikes organized his 
first Sunday School.) 

1770.— George Whitefield died at Newbury- 
port, Mass. He crossed the Atlantic 
thirteen times, and for many years of 
his life preached fifteen times a week. 

1771. — Francis Asbury sails for America. 

1773. — The first Conference In America held 
in Philadelphia, Thos. Rankin pre- 
sided. Ten preachers were present. 
The total membership of the Societies 
in America was 1,160. "This Con- 
ference met in St. George's church, 
which is still in use, and is the oldest 
Methodist church used continuously 
for worship in the world." 

1784.— The Methodist Episcopal Church In 
America organized at a Conference 
which met in Baltimore, December 
24th. It is known as the "Christmas 
Conference." Dr. Coke, who had been 
ordained by Mr. Wesley, was elected 
superintendent, or Bishop; Francis 
Asbury was also elected superinten- 
dent, or Bishop, to assist Dr. Coke. 
He was ordained by Dr. Coke, assisted 
by several elders. The twenty-five 
Articles of Religion were adopted. At 
this date there were 18,000 Methodists 
in America. 

1786. — Bishop Asbury organized the first 
Sunday school in the United States, 
in the house of Thos. Crenshaw, in 
Hanover county, Va. 

1788.— Death of Charles Wesley. He is the 
author of about 6,000 hymns. "He is 
great among poets and prince of Eng- 
lish hymnists." 

1789. — Jesse Lee, of Virginia, plants Method- 
ism in New England. 

•1791. — Death of John Wesley, at the age of 
eighty-eight years. During the sixty- 
five years of his ministry it is estimated 
that he preached 42,000 times, pub- 
lished 200 books and pamphlets, and 
traveled 250,000 miles, or ten times the 
circumference of the globe, and mostly 
on horseback. 

1811. — The first Methodist mission in Africa 
established at Sierra Leone. 

1816. — Bishop Asbury died in Spotsylvania 
county, Va. It is estimated that dur- 
ing his ministry he traveled 270,000 
miles, or more than ten times the cir- 
cumference of the globe, and mostly 
on horseback; preached 16,000 times; 
sat in 224 Annual Conferences, and 
ordained 4,000 preachers. 

1820. — Missionary societies formally adopted 
by the Church. 

1830.— The Methodist Protestant Church or- 

1844. — The ninth delegated General Confer- 
ence held in New York. "This was one 
of the most memorable of the General 
Conferences. The agitation of the 
question of slave-holding in the 
Church culminated in the adoption of 
the 'Plan of Separation,' and the or- 
ganization of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South." 

1848.— The M. E. Church, South, begins mis- 
sionary work in China. Dr. Charles 
Taylor is sent out as a missionary. ^ 

1870.— The Colored M. E. Church organized. 

1878. — The Woman's Missionary Society or- 
ganized, ad 

1881^— An Ecumenical Methodist Conference 
held at City Road Chapel, London. 
Four hundred delegates were present, 
from more than twenty different 
countries, representing about five 
million members, who heard the Gos- 
pel in thirty languages. 

1900. — A joint commission from the M. E. 
Church 'and the M. E. Church, South, 
appointed to adopt a common hymnal, 
catechism and order of worship. 

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A writer has said: "The rise of Methodism is among the greatest 
marvels of human history. It will amaze you, if you have not read the 
page of the Church's progress to know that the pioneers of Methodism 
surpassed even the apostles in results. Methodism gained nearly three 
times as many members to its communion in its first century as the apos- 
"tolic Church during its first century." 

Robert Strawbridge and Philip Embury, the first Methodist preachers 
in America, began their labors here between 1760 and 1766. In 1773 the 
first Methodist conference in America was held at the old St. George's 
church in Philadelphia, which is still in use. The total membership of 
the societies in America at that time was 1,160. In 1784 the Methodist 
Episcopal Church in America was organized, and at that date there were 
about 15,000 Methodists in America. In 1800 there were 287 traveling 
preachers, and 64,894 members. In 1812, the year of the first delegated 
General Conference, the membership of the Church was 195,000. In 1844, 
the year of the division of the Church, the membership had grown to 
about one million. In 1845 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was 
organized, with sixteen annual conferences, and a membership, white and 
colored, numbering nearly one-half million. In 1912 all Methodist bodies 
in America reported 42,849 traveling preachers, and 6,905,095 members. 
We have since passed the seven million mark for all branches of Methodism 
in the United States, and the Southern Methodist Church has a member- 
ship of about two millions. 

But we should beware, since we have become a great Church, lest 
we put our trust in numbers. Our success has been due to a pure gospel, 
preached by consecrated men relying entirely upon the Holy Spirit for 
results, and God has not disappointed us. The same gospel that Wesley 
preached standing on his father's tomb, when sinners were cut to the heart 
and fell to the ground convicted of sin, is the gospel we preach to-day, 
and it has the same power to convict and convert. Let us expect it still 
to accomplish such results. 

The wonderful growth of early Methodism was due, in great part, 
under the blessing of God, to the self-sacrificing efforts of the old-time 
circuit riders. Referring to these heroic men, Dr. John A. Rice says: 
"A hundred years ago these noble men were threading their way along 
dim trails, through pathless forests, across swollen streams without bridges 
or ferries, among fierce savages and ferocious beasts, in search of lost 
souls. They were sleeping now in the rude hut of the primitive settlers; 
now in the wigwam of the friendly Indian. They were often drenched 
with rain, pinched with cold," hungry and exhausted, alone in the woods, 
where the awful silence was broken only by the howl of the wolf, the 
growl of the bear, the scream of the panther, or the whoop of the cruel 
warrior. There were then over six hundred of them, with two thousand 
local preachers and one hundred and fifty thousand members." 

The success of the old-time circuit riders was phenomenal. God 
greatly blessed the labors of these self-sacrificing men who went "every- 
where" preaching the gospel. When Bishop Asbury was once asked where 
he was from, he replied: "From Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Bal- 
timore, or almost anywhere you please," and it was literally true. During 
his ministry, it is estimated that he traveled 270,000 miles, or more than 
ten times the circumference of the globe, and mostly on horseback; 
crossed the Alleghany Mountains sixty-two times; preached 16,000 times; 
sat in 224 annual conferences, and ordained 4,000 preachers. When he 
began his labors in America there were not more than 500 Methodists 
In this country; when he died there were 214,000 


Robert Strawbridge. 

The Log Meeting-house, Sara's Creek, Md, 

It is a matter of debate whether Method- 
ism was first planted in Maryland or in New 
York. Bishop Asbury, while visiting the 
Methodist society on Sam's Creek, Maryland, 
in 1801, wrote in his journal: "Here Mr. 
Strawbridge formed the first society in 
Maryland — and America." While on the 
other hand Jesse Lee, the earliest historian 
of American Methodism, states that the first 
permanent Methodist society in America was 
formed in New York city, in 1766, by Philip 

Dr. Gross Alexander says: "Stevens and Buckley adopt Lee's account, 
and McTyeire and Tigert, Bishop Asbury's. When the earliest authorities 
and the latest doctors disagree, who shall decide?" 

Dr. Alexander further says: "Robert Strawbridge was a man of un- 
common ability and fervent piety, whose compound of Irish enthusiasm 
and Methodist zeal made no small stir whereveu he went. Tested by the 
faithfulness of his ministry, the extent of his labors, and the results of his 
work, he was easily first among all the Methodist preachers who came 
to America before Francis Asbury." He was the spiritual father of sev- 
eral prominent Methodist preachers of the pioneer days, among whom 
were Richard Owen, who was the first native Methodist preacher on the 
continent; William Watters, the first native itinerant of American Metho- 
dism; Freeborn Garrettson and others. 

The log meeting-house erected by Strawbridge has been described as 
follows: "The building was a rude structure, without windows, door, or 
floor, and though long occupied was never completed. Yet it was a true 
sanctuary. Beneath its rough pulpit Strawbridge laid to rest two of his 
children. Its unplastered walls echoed with the triumphant shouts of 
sinners redeemed through the mercy of God." 

A beautiful marble tablet has recently been erected on the site of 
this historic church, containing the following inscription: 





ABOUT 1760; DIED IN 1781. 








Old John Street Church. New York. 


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Philip Embury. 

Philip Embury's Residence. 

Barbara Heck. 

Philip Embury who, according to Jesse Lee, formed the first Metho- 
dist society in America (see preceding page), arrived in New York from 
Ireland in the summer of 1760. He was a local preacher, but for six 
years we hear little of him except that he followed his trade as carpenter 
and sometimes taught school. It seems that the religious enthusiasm of 
a woman, Barbara Heck, his cousin, was necessary to arouse his zeal for 
souls. The story is familiar to all who are acquainted with Methodist 
history: "It seems that a company of people had met one evening to play 
cards, when suddenly there appeared in the room where they were gaming 
a woman well-known to them all, one Barbara Heck, who in indignation 
swept the cards into her apron, threw them into the fire, sternly warned 
the players of the danger to which they were exposed, and exhorted them 
with earnestness and pathos to give up their evil ways. Then going to 
the house of Philip Embury, she cried, 'Philip, you must preach to us 
or we shall all go to hell, and Go y d will require our blood at your hands.' 
"But where shall I preach?' asked Embury; 'or how can I preach, for I 
have neither a house nor a congregation?' 'Preach in your own house 
and to your own company first,' she replied. Thereupon five persons met 
in Embury's house (see photograph above), to whom he preached the 
gospel. From this incident Barbara Heck has been called the "Mother 
of American Methodism." This was in 1766. A year later a "rigging 
loft" was rented and used as a place of worship until 1768, when the 
John Street church was built. It was first known as "Wesley Chapel." 



House in which the first Conference at Peters- 
burg. Va., was held by Bishop Asbury, 
June 17, 1778. 


The Green Hill House, near Louisburg, N. C, 

in which the first Conference of the 

Methodist Episcopal Church was 

held. April 20, 1785. 

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(From the Church Extension Hand Book). 
First Methodist Parsonage in America, John Street, New York, 1770. 

of lobn Evan». near Sam< Crctk, Carroll Co., Mtl. 

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(By Courtesy of the Christian Advocate, Nashville). 
Home of John Evans, the First Known Convert to Methodism in America. He was one of 
Strawbridge 8 First Converts, and the House is Located Near the Old Log Meeting- 

House. (See Page 4> 


1. Old St. George's Church, Philadelphia. 
Built in 1769. 

It is the "oldest Methodist Church used continu- 
ously for worship in the world." 

2. Barratt'8 Chapel, near Frederica, Delaware. 
One of the first Methodist churches in the United 

States. Asbury and Coke first met here and laid 
plans for the organization of the Methodist Episcopal 
Cfcurch. From a photograph taken in 1900. 

(From the Illustrated History of Methodism, by Permission). 

„ 3 .\ °. ld "Lovely Lane" Church, Baltimore, Md. 
Built in 1774. 

Here the Methodist Episcopal Church in America 
was organized in 1784. 

„ *:, The Foundry, the First Methodist Chapel 
Built in London. 

5. Old Salem Methodist Church, Greene 
County, Missouri, erected in 1836. 

6. Old Union Church, Bullock County, Georgia 
organized 1790. »"iy, Georgia, 


The home is the foundation of both the social and the religious life. 
A pure home makes a pure life for both the State and the Church, and a 
corrupt home makes a corrupt and godless nation. It is a cause for earnest 
reflection and deep shame when we consider the fact that there were 75,000 
divorces in the United States during the year 1913. Does this mean that 
in many places the marriage vow is no longer held sacred? Does it mean 
that in their efforts to acquire wealth and procure temporal comforts for 
their children, parents are failing to set before their children high ideals 
of Christian character and godly living, and failing to train them in the 
service of God? No words can measure the loss to that home where 
material things are allowed to crowd out the religious life. Better let 
your children suffer for food, and clothing, and education, than to deny 
them the blessings of a true example of the Christian life. Remember 
that if parents put other things than religion first in life their children 
will do the same. 

Family worship is almost unknown in many communities, and as n. 
result young people grow up worldly and irreligious. No one can measure 
the value of piety and family worship in the home. A young man once 
left his country home and went to a large city to seek his fortune. He 
fell into evil ways and became a backslider, but when he recovered him- 
self he said: "Though I wandered into sin I was never happy, for I could 
not get away from my early religious training. I could never forget 
the prayer my dying mother offered for me, and I recalled the words of 
my father, who, when he told me good-bye kissed me, and said, "My boy, 
be sure you read your Bible and say your prayers." 

When family religion is neglected then family government becomes 
lax. The child that is allowed to have his way without any parental re- 
straint is to be pitied indeed. When the warden of a State penitentiary 
saw a child stamp his foot and harshly say to his mother, "I won't do 
it," and the mother fail to correct him, he said, "There's a candidate for 
my institution." 

We are told that when Li Hung Chang, the great Chinese statesman, 
returned to Peking after a visit to this country he wrote to a little girl 
in Brooklyn as follows: "If your parents are still living, I hope that you 
are dutiful to them. I have observed that the Western nations are not so 
dutiful to parents as we are in China." What a comment on Christian 
nations by a heathen statesman! 

As a thoughtful writer has said: "There is nothing else that this 
country needs so much as the Christian home, the greatest of all in- 
stitutions of Christian civilization." 


Out of 412 boys examined by the naval enlisting officer (Peoria, 111.), 
only 114 were accepted. Of the 29"8 rejections the greater number were 
on account of weak hearts, and in the majority of cases this was caused 
by cigarette smoking. 

Of nearly 12,000 volunteers for the British army, only 1,200 were 
able to pass the required tests, and the chief cause of physical disability 
was officially and medically declared to be smoking. 

Of sixty-seven candidates for the medical department of the United 
States Army, during the Spanish-American War, forty-three were rejected 
because of tobacco heart, officially and medically so declared. — From the 
S. S. Times. 




(Used by permission of Fleming H. Revell Company. From Down in Water Street, by S. H. Hadley) 

These photographs show the saving power of the gospel of Christ. 
This tramp, which came to the Water Street Mission, New York, had seen 
better days. He was from one of the best families of Ohio — a college 
man and law student during his early life — but drink brought him to 
the lowest depths. Mr. Hadley, who had charge of the mission, says: 
"One night an old man came in, whom I shall call the Old Colonel. He 
was one of the most typical tramps that ever came into our mission, 
where the lost congregate in such numbers. No pen can adequately de- 
scribe his condition. He was over six feet tall, and sixty years of age, 
but looked a hundred. His dirty grey beard was a foot long, and his hair 
of the same color hung a foot down his back. His eyes were bleared 
and full of matter, and the hue of his face showed that he and water had 
long been strangers. He had on an old, ragged overcoat, probably pulled 
out of some ash barrel, and fastened with a nail. An old coat and vest 
completed his wardrobe. His trousers could not be called a part of his 
outfit, for they were little more than holes with rags tied round them. 
He had on no shirt or undershirt, and on his feet were pieces of rags tied 
up with strings. I had known him for years. He was a common beg- 
gar. But the gospel reached his heart, and 'from that instant,' " says 
Mr. Hadley, "the old beggar tramp was changed into a child of God. He 
fairly loathed rum and all its works. Thousands heard him, during the 
thirteen years he was among us, tell of the wonderful love of Jesus." 

Methodism has been defined as "Christianity in earnest," and let us 
ever expect the gospel to "save unto the uttermost," but at the same time 
we should bear in mind that to save the young from sin is a more glorious 
work than to save the old after they have wasted their lives in sin. 

Will It Pay? 

D. L. Moody's First Sunday School Class in Chicago. 

Mr. Moody is standing on the left, and John V. Farwell on the right, at the rear. 


A Later Picture of D. L. Moody's First Sunday School Class in Chicago. 

(From The Christian Workers Magazine, Chicago, by permission.) 
While emphasizing the adult Bible class work in the Sunday-schools 
to-day, we must not overlook the boys and girls, found in almost every 
community, who never attend the Sunday-school. The two pictures above 
portray very vividly the possibilities of such work. Mr. Moody gathered 
the street urchins of Chicago into his Sunday-school and saved many a 
life from the destruction of sin. 

When ex-thieves, gamblers, drunkards and murderers testified to the 
saving grace of God, Gypsy Smith said: "Men, God has done wonders 
for you, but He has done more for me; He saved me before I got there." 


Bishop Doggett. Old White Marsh Church, 

Lancaster County, Virginia. 


Bishop George 

The Sunday-school teacher has committed to him or her a position 
of great p'rivilege and great responsibility. What a sacred trust to have 
committed to one's care the training of immortal souls! And yet a teacher 
will sometimes come before the class and say, "I hope you all know your 
lessons; but I'm sorry to say that I haven't even looked at mine." We 
must first be taught ourselves before we can teach others. Many teachers 
complain that they have no gifts for teaching, but more fail because of 
the Jack of proper study and preparation of the lesson. Dr. Hamill says, 
"Most teachers are made not born." One needs both an intellectual and 
a spiritual preparation to be an efficient teacher. Above all, ever keep 
before your mind the great fact that you will teach your scholars more 
by your personal influence than by your words. Live the life of a de- 
vout Christian and pray for the presence of God's Spirit to assist you in 
teaching His word. And do not forget to pray daily for the members of 
your class according to their needs. Be punctual. One of the surest roads 
to failure is to be absent part of the time and late the rest of the time. 

Professor Dager, addressing Sunday-school feachers, said: "A little 
child fell from the path into the canal. A young woman who alone saw 
the child, ran, threw herself upon the wall, and grasped the child's arm. 
She had not sufficient strength to lift him to the walk. Her utmost energy 
was taxed to keep his head above the water. For more than twenty 
minutes was she in this position, when a man heard her cry and raised 
the child to a place of safety. Yet the village, when the incident be- 
came known, applauded and honored the girl as the rescuer. Teacher, 
if you first succeed in keeping those boys' lives above the engulfing cur- 
rent of sensuality and vice by your utmost endeavors, some pastor or 
evangelist may come along and lift them into safety, and the community 
may call them his converts, but some day in heaven you shall be ac- 
knowledged as the rescuer of their lives." 

There is an old country church within the bounds of the Virginia 
Conference that has sent out two bishops — Bishop George and Bishop 
Doggett. (See photographs above.) We have often wondered whether 
the Sunday-school teachers who taught those boys ever dreamed that 
they were preparing two boys for the Christian ministry and the highest 
office of the Church. Suppose they had been unfaithful to their trust. 
Those boys might have wandered off and become lost to God and His 
Church. As some one has said: "No man ever knows what he is accom- 
plishing when he works with ideas and human souls." The Sunday-school 
teacher is such a worker. 


(From the Illustrated History of Methodism, by Permission). 

1. Wilson Allen's First Home, at Honey Grove, 
Texas. Built in 1835. 

At this house the pioneer preachers of Methodism 
in Texas used to be entertained. 

2. The Old Thrasher House, near Roanoke, 
Virginia. Built In 1751. 

Asbury frequently preached from its porch. 

3. First Methodist Church, also the First 
Protestant Church, Built in Michigan. 

Erected in 1818, six miles from Detroit. 

4. Birthplace of Bishop Doggett. 

The house was built in 1800. It is in Lancaster 
County, Virginia. In the early days services were 
frequently held here. 

5. Old Rehoboth Methodist Church, near 
Union, Monroe County, West Virginia. 

The church was built in 1786 and was dedicated by 
Bishop Asbury. Freeborn Garrettson, Francis As- 
bury and other noted preachers have occupied its 

6. The First Methodist Church In Kentucky. 

It was built in 1787, at Masterson's station about 
five miles from I.rMiiirltm. In it Bishop Francis 
Asbury held bin lirsl < 'onlcii nee west of the Alle- 
(?henies, May 10, 1T1HI. 


„„, lt 7 he Board of Church Extension of the Methodist Episcopal Church 

the bui7dlL° r o? n ;r d t° r the , PUrP ° Se ° f P rovidi ^ m Part the'mean r 
wi 6 b i g , Churches and Parsonages m eligible and needy localities 
where the people are not able to build for themselves. The work is sup- 
ported by annual collections taken in every congregation and by special 
fn^Q S Q n i7 SaC T v, SmCe " S ^aniz a tion in 1882; it has invested $4,- 
<S05,989.17 in churches and parsonages; aided 8,994 churches, and 2 370 
parsonages, and yet there are 2,804 congregations in Southern Methodism 
without church buildings. There is imperative need for an immediate 
^TV" the L ° an Fund Capital- A number of persons have estab- 
lished Memorial Loan Funds in memory of deceased relatives— a most 
appropriate and commendable work. The board is also prepared to pay 
annuities on donations. If you have some of the Lord's money to invest 
in a good cause write Dr. W. F. McMurry, corresponding secretary Louis- 
ville, Ky., for particulars. 

What Sort of a Monument Do You Propose to Have? 

A Lonely Slab of Stone Telling 1 -,„ ( A Working, Growing, Soul-Saving 
That Tou Are DEAD , " R \ five years for all time to 

Church — every 

(From Church Extension Hand Book, by permission). 
A Church in the Eastern Kentucky Mountains before the Church Extension Board began 


The world is yet to learn the lesson of stewardship as taught by our 
Saviour. He plainly taught as regards both talents and money, that w* 
are God's stewards. So then, in the matter of money, the question to 
be asked is not, "How much of my money shall I give the Lord?" but, 
"How much of the Lord's money shall I spend upon myself?" Covetous- 
ness is one of the most alarming sins of to-day. Mammon is worshiped 
as never before. Many church members live as though God has no claim 
whatever upon their possessions. The writer has met, during his ministry, 
many church members worth from $10,000 to $40,000, who could not be 
induced to give as much as $10.00 to missions, and often their total annual 
contributions for religious and benevolent purposes would not exceed 
$25.00. It is hard to convince such men that God's word is true when 
it plainly declares that covetousness is idolatry. Many of them, we fear, 
will learn this awful truth when it is too late. They fix their own standard 
of giving instead of following God's word. 

I have recently read of a man who was converted in one of the "Billy 
Sunday" revivals. When he joined the church the church officer told 
him that he had been assessed $12.50 for the support of the church. He 
was amazed and replied, "You don't mean that you expect me to con- 
tribute only $12.50 in a year to the church! While I was serving the devil 
I used to throw away that much in a single night." He belgan to study 
the Bible and decided that he ought to give not less than one-tenth of his 
income. The result was that he gave $378.00 the first six months, or 
thirty times as much as the church asked him to give in a year. That 
was the result of getting his scale of giving from God instead of from 

But the well-to-do and the rich are not the only offenders. Poor 
people, and those in moderate circumstances, often fall short of their 
duty in this respect. Dr. James Denny goes to the root of the matter 
when he says: "Why, then, is it so difficult to get money for church 
purposes? It is not because the legitimacy or necessity of those pur- 
poses is questioned in the church itself, but because so many of its mem- 
bers have nothing to give. When the turn of the church comes, their 
money is all gone. It is really gone. They have spent it already on 
whatever appealed to them — on the necessaries of life, on traveling, on 
amusements, on dress, on pleasures of every description. The idea that 
from the very beginning there should be a restraint exercised uppn self 
in this connection — that the impulse to indulge and to enjoy should bp 
checked in view of Christian obligations — has not so much as occurred 
to them; they have nothing to give because there is nothing left. Can 
we avoid asking again: Is this consistent with any relation to Christ? 
Is not a disciple of Jesus bound to take hold of his life, and of his money, 
with a firmer hand? Is it not an elementary Christian duty to do with- 
out some things, to exercise thrift, to save by saying no to self, that we 
may have a stone of our own in the Christian temple? It ie not direct 
begging which will bring the church out of its financial difficulties- 
people easily become proof to dunning — but the revival in the soul of what 
Jesus meant by the renunciation of self." 

But Christian stewardship means more than giving one's money, — it 
means giving- one's self to the service of God and humanity. John S. 
Huyler, the Methodist layman of New York, has set an example worth 
emulating. When he became a Christian he gave both himself and his 
wealth to the service of God. Dr. Goodell, his pastor, says: "As God 
prospered him, he continued to enlarge the proportion of his gifts. He 
told me that in the early days he heard the preachers say that a man 
ought to give a tenth of his income to the Lord, and he began that way. 
After a while it seemed to him too small an offering to make, in the 
face of God's abundance, so he increased until it was a fifth, and a little 
later it was a quarter, and after a while he was giving half of his income. 
He would attend the city missions and kneel at the altar and talk and 
pray with even the tramps that knelt in prayer. 

"On a cold or stormy night he would often go to the window of his 
beautiful home and, instead of turning to say to himself: 'How nice ahd 
comfortable we are in here! We ought to be very happy and enjoy our- 
selves together,' he would press his face against the window-ftane and 
say: 'This is a bad night for the boys on the street! God help the poor 
fellows without a home. What will the poor tramps do who have no 
place to sleep?' Then he would call up the missions and make arrange- 
ments so that every poor fellow who came within their reach could h* 
accommodated with food and shelter." 


(From the Illustrated History of Methodism, by Permission). 

1. Ruins of Wesley Church, Frederica, St. 
Simon's Island, Georgia. 

2. Bethel Meeting-house. 

This represents the first Methodist church edifice 
erected in Illinois Territory. It was built in 1805 
and stood about two miles south of Edwardsville in 
what was known as "the old Goshen settlement." 

3. "The Old Place." 

Bishop Marvin's childhood home. 

4. The Virginian Home of the Rev. Stewart 
Taylor, Father of Bishop Taylor. 

Here Bishop Taylor spent his boyhood days. The 
house is about two miles west of Rockbridge Baths, 

5. Cabin of the Rev. R. R. Roberts, 

Who entered the Baltimore Conference in 1802. He 
lived in this cabin from 1805 to 1808, while engaged in 
his regular work of preaching. It was also his episcopal 
residence for some years after he became bishop. 

6. The Old Tobacco House. 

Used as a place of worship from 1807 to 1S11 by the 
first Methodist society in Washington, D. C. Presi- 
dent Jefferson attended services held in this building. 


Dr. John M. Moore, secretary of Home Missions, in his annual re- 
port for ID 14, says: 

"The Methodists of the South are awaking to the call of the home- 
land and are realizing more and more the importance of Home Missions 
to the evangelization of the world as well as to the Christianization of 
this country. Professor Austin Phelps once said: 'If I were a missionary 
in Canton, my first prayer every morning would be for the success of 
the home missionary for the sake of Canton.' Dr. Phelps has been proved 
a seer by the events of the recent revolution in China in that the Cantonese 
who had spent some time in America and had been touched by the Chris- 
tian missionaries here were the leaders in the efforts in behalf of a demo- 
cratic government. Professor E. A. Steiner, in one of his delightful books 
on the immigrant, said: 'The issues of the kingdom of God in this genera- 
tion are with America.' The world is at school in America, and America 
is at the crossroads of the world. Neglect of Home Missions in America 
is to lay upon foreign missionaries the responsibility of apologizing to 
the keenest observers among non-Christian people for the shortcomings 
of the Christian Church.' " 

When we consider the fact that immigrants are coming to our country 
at the rate of over a million a year, that there are 291,000 Indians in 
the United States, and that in many localities, especially in some moun- 
tain sections, there are thousands of people who are not reached by the 
gospel, we cannot overlook the heathen at our own doors. At the same 
time we cannot draw a sharp line between Home and Foreign Missions. 
Both have the same end in view: "The whole Church giving- the whole 
gospel to the whole world," and the person who does not believe in 
Foreign Missions really does not believe in any kind of missions. 

A very important branch of Home Mission work is that carried on 
by our conferences in supplementing the salaries of preachers sent to 
mission charges, where they are unable to support a pastor without help 
from this board. 

(From The Church Extension Hand Book). 
Indians at Church. 


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s?on is torel e^'w r fV^ iS necessar y 'or the defense of mis- 

sions is to relate what God hath wrought" in heathen lands At our 

5£>« ^X^ S ° £ the b ° ard ° f missions seve ™l letters from' prtsiding 
elders in China were read, and a few extracts are given below: PreSldmS: 

« a + \ i )6 °i )le . demand freedom of religion. They will not be satis- 
fied with Confucianism as a State religion. The whole nation is look ng 
toward Christianity. From this we know how the idea of religion naf 

S3 eSS In M ° U l na l i0n -" " Wherever ™ ho^ a meeting, men fill the 
place. All the churches are too small to accommodate the attendance." 
Now is the time to strive for the men of China." "If we could build 
churches in all the great cities, we can hardly imagine how prosperous 
the cause would be in the future." "Because the churches overflow, we 
built a tent to seat five hundred men. We held five tent meetings during 
the year, and the effect was wonderful." 

Blind Korean Girls Studying the Bible 

What is true of China is true of all the fields. The doors are wide 
open, and the Church should send out many more missionaries and also 
build churches and hospitals to equip the work. A few years ago Bishqp 
Harris, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, related the following incident 
which occurred in Korea: "A village numbering- five thousand people re- 
cently came to me, through its appointed spokesman, and said, 'We want 
a preacher. 1 I replied, 'You have no house in which to preach.' 'O yes, 
we have!' they replied. 'We have decided to give to you the Buddhist 
temple of the village. It is to be a Christian church hereafter. And 
now we want you to send us a preacher." " Rev. E. L. Peerman, one of 
our own missionaries, wrote: "My heart has often been touched as I 
have seen men and women fifty years old or more, who have been brought 
up in ignorance, trying to learn how to read,, their only purpose being 
to learn how to read the Bible." 

The Sunday-School Times recently referred to two places in China 
where they have only two missionaries to ten millions of people. Add to 
this the fact that our Church is contributing an average of less than one 
cent a week per member for Foreign Missions and surely no one can say 
that the Church is "overdoing" this matter of missions. 

Through the Laymen's Missionary Movement an effort is being made 
to give every person in the world an opportunity of accepting Jesus 
Christ as Saviour during this generation. To accomplish this task each 
denomination has been allotted its share of the work. The Southern Metho- 
dist Church has been allotted forty million persons abroad, and eight mil- 
lions at home. As there are about two millions of Southern Methodists 
this means that each member should consider himself responsible for 
the evangelization of twenty persons abroad and four at home. What are 
you doing to save these twenty-four persons? 

Our latest missionary effort is in Central Africa. Bishop Lambuth, 
with a company of four missionaries and their wives, established the 
Congo Mission the early part of 1914. The following pages contain some 
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(By courtesy of American Issue Publishing Co., Westerville, Ohio.) 

The white States on the above map show the States that are actually 
under State-wide prohibition or that have voted this year to install that 
policy The States shaded with a single shade are States that have more 
than50 per cent, of their population living under local prohibition of some 
sort. The double shaded States are those in which between 25 and 50 
per cent, of the people are living under local dry policy. The States 
marked all black are those wherein less than 25 per cent, of the people 
are under any kind of prohibition. 


John Barleycorn received many knock-out blows during the past year. 
From November, 1913, to November, 1914, we sum up, briefly, the tem- 
perance victories: 

1. November, 1913, four thousand delegates met at the Columbus Con- 
vention, and a committee of 1,000 was appointed to "visit Congress and 
petition for a referendum on the question of national prohibition." (This 
bill was voted on by the House of Representatives December 22, 1914, and 
the vote was 197 for and 189 against. While it fell short of the required 
two-thirds vote, temperance workers are greatly pleased with the out- 

2. July 1, 1914, State-wide prohibition in effect in West "Virginia. 

3. September 2 2, Virginia voted dry. 

4. November 3, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado voted 


5. The Czar of Russia prohibited the use of vodka, the national in- 
toxicating drink, throughout the whole nation. 

The liquor traffic is doomed, but because of man's depraved appetite 
and lust for money, we must be ever vigilant and fight it to the finish. 


At the General Conferance of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
1812, Rev. James Axley moved "that no stationed or local preacher shall 
retail spirituous or malt liquors without forfeiting his ministerial charac- 
ter among us." It was sent to the "table" two or three times and when it 
was finally put to a vote it was lost! Think of it, one hundred years 
ago a Methodist preacher could sell liquor and not forfeit his ministerial 
standing! But at the General Conference of 1816, Axley offered the same 
resolution, which was passed. 


It is a common saying that "Methodism was bom in a university." 
The founder of Methodism was one of the foremost scholars of his day, 
and both he and his co-workers emphasized the importance of educa- 
tion. Dr. Buckley is authority for the statement that "in less than thirty 
years after Methodism arose in this country, one in twenty of the preachers 
could read the New Testament in the original Greek." This speaks well 
for Methodism, which can never be charged with believing that piety 
and ignorance must go hand in hand. 

Our Church has not only believed in education, but education under 
the proper influences— Christian education. To this end we have estab- 
lished and maintained our own preparatory schools, colleges and univer- 
sities, where our young people can receive training for their life's work 
under positively Christian influences. For the sake of saving a few 
dollars some people send their children to institutions where they are 
denied the helpful Christian atmosphere found in the denominational 
college. During the formative period of life, when they are susceptible 
to every sort of influence, it is perilous to place young people in any in- 
stitution of learning whatever, without regard to the moral and spiritual 
environment. Dr. James Cannon, Jr., says that some people will turn away 
from their own Church schools and select an inferior school with this 
explanation: "Yes, I know that is the better school, but the charge is 
$30.00 to $50.00 higher than at this school to which I have sent my 
child, and I cannot afford to pay any more for the schooling of my chil- 
dren than is absolutely necessary." Dr. Cannon's comment on such a 
course is pertinent: "He will not hesitate to pay $30.00 or $50.00 more 
to get a better pair of mules that will do the work he wants done more 
satisfactorily than a cheaper pair would do it, but he will deliberately 
decide to buy an inferior course of training for his child, although he 
knows it is not the best, simply because he can save a little money by 
so doing." 


A preacher once preached a sermon on heavenly recognition, in which 
he convinced his congregation that we shall recognize each other in 
heaven. It was a helpful and comforting sermon, and at the close of the 
service a stranger approached the preacher and said: "I have enjoyed the 
sermon and am indeed glad to know that we shall recognize each other 
in heaven, for I have been coming to this church for six months and no 
one has recognized me here." Don't be too modest to approach visitors 
at your church and give them a cordial welcome and invite them to come 
again. Persons have often been won to the Christian life by a little 
attention of this kind. 


One of our preachers tells the story of a wonderful Scotch collie 
that rendered most valuable service on a certain circuit. It used to be 
the custom for the men to stand around under the shade trees and about 
the church door, talking until after the opening hymn and prayer. But 
now, as soon as the congregation begins to sing, it is said that this in- 
telligent dog rounds up the men and drives them into the church. Many 
circuit preachers are calling for the services of this valuable dog. 

Moral: Brother, if you are an offender along this line, better go in 
church promptly hereafter before they have to call the dog. The first 
hymn and prayer are an important part of the service. 


1. "To which branch of the Methodist Church do you belong?" 

2. "Where was your last annual conference held?" "Dunno." 

3. "What bishop presided?" "Dunno." 

4. "Where will your next district conference be held?" "Dunno." 

5. "How many Southern Methodists are there?" "Dunno." 

6. "When and where was your last general conference held?" "Dunno." 

7. "Where will your next quarterly conference be held?" "Dunno." 

8. "In how many foreign countries does your Church conduct mis- 
sions?" "Dunno." 

9. "Who are the leading evangelists of our country?" "Dunno." 

10. "Where will the next session of your annual conference be held?" 

Then subscribe to your Church paper and be cured of this ignor- 
ance. The Church paper will not only give you helpful information about 
the work of the Church, it will also provide nourishing, spiritual food 
fifty-two weeks in the year for both you and your family. You need 
wholesome reading matter in your home for your children, and if you 
do not provide them with such do not be surprised if they acquire a taste 
for trashy novels and other very objectionable literature. Every Metho- 
dist home ought to have in it the Bible, the discipline, the hymn book 
and the Church paper. The Church paper costs only about four cents per 
week, which puts it within the reach of almost every family that really 
wants it. Subscribe to your Church paper and be a well-informed, loyal 
Methodist. Your pastor will be glad to send in your subscription. 


The American Bible Society was organized in 1816. The object of 
this society is to furnish the Scriptures, without comment, at actual cost 
of manufacture. It is supported by voluntary contributions and carries 
on work in five continents through nine home agencies and twelve foreign 
agencies. During the past year it issued 5,251,176 volumes of the Scrip- 
tures. Of this number, 2,327,390 volumes were circulated at home, and 
2,923,786 volumes abroad. During the ninety-eight years of its existence 
the total issues amount to 103,519,891 volumes. 

The American Bible Society is a great missionary force in both the 
home and the foreign field. Were it not for the Bible Society, which 
translates the Bible into the foreign languages and furnishes it at cost, 
our missionary work would be greatly handicapped. As an example of 
how the society endeavors to reach the foreigners of our country with the 
Bible we have but to note that in 1913 it printed the Bible in forty-four 
languages and dialects, besides English, for use in the United States. The 
Scriptures, in 1,5 additional languages, were imported for sale and dis- 
tribution in America. 

If the funds were available the society could greatly enlarge its work, 
but It is embarrassed for lack of funds, having had to cut down the 
budget estimate for 1914 by $180,000. 

The next page contains some interesting photographs furnished by 
the American Bible Society. 


(By Courtesy of the American Bible Societv). 
A Filipino Truck-load of Gospels. Fifteen Thousand Copies of the Gospels for the Island of 


This is a photograph 
of William McPherson, 
who came to America 
from Scotland in 1883. 
While superintendent 
of a large stone quarry 
in Colorado, he lost 
both hands and both 
eyes by a premature 
explosion of dynamite. 
He had been a Chris- 
tian, but had become a 
backslider, and now 
in his affliction he 
turned to God and re- 
ceived grace and par- 
don. Greatly desiring 
to read the Word of 
God, a blind woman 
employed by the State 
to teach the blind, 
taught him the alpha- 
bet of raised letters, 
which he picked out 
with his tongue. 

"Morning, noon, and 
night he„wrestled with 
that sheet of raised 
letters, until in three 
weeks, he. had read and 
committed to memory 
the first cnapter of 

(By Courtesy of the American Bible Society). 
Reading the Bible with the Tongue. 


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(From the Illustrated History of Methodism, by Permission) 

The Old McKendree Chapel, Near Jackson, 
>uri — The First Methodist Church West of 
lississippi River. 

ir Annual Conferences were held here — in 1819, 
1826 and 1831. The bishops presiding were 
e, Roberts (twice) and fcioule. 

Free-born Garrettson Preaching from the 
tester County (Md.) Jail (1780). 

3. The First Methodist Meeting-house o 
Tangier Island, Maryland; Built in 1808. 

4. The Old Lucas House, Near Sparta, Georgia 

In 1806 the first Methodist Annual Conference.i 
Georgia was held in this house. 

5. Old Methodist Episcopal Church, Nei 
Athens, Ohio. 

Where Bishop Simpson preached his first sermon.